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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 6, 2009 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Dylan

I've never been to a Dylan concert. Going tomorrow night to the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. I'm stoked to see a legendary singer/songwriter like him. Anyone care to share their Dylan stories?

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Poster: B.C. Cox Date: Oct 6, 2009 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan

I know that Dylan was needing a place to break away from the crowds back in the 70s, so a friend put him up for a week. When he left the Rez he left some his LPs with the elder and said "I'll be back to pick the up later". Taht was like 35 years ago.

Maybe he just signed some library LPs w/ his name and the overdue fee are just a bit to high or there is a warrant from 1973 library theft from the NYC branchs.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 6, 2009 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan

Complete hit or miss - haven't seen him in years and since he switched to playing piano for bulk of show. I like the recent material over the last several CDs but understand he tends to focus on the "hits". He does have Charlie Sexton back in the fold, so that should improve things. He can be great and he can be ... Dylan. Have a great time.

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Poster: wineland Date: Oct 6, 2009 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan

My Aunt who is a big fan has said similar remarks about the hit or miss. Hopefully we'll have an up show.

Looks like he's in your neighborhood at the Greek on the 10th & 11th.

I'll report back on my experience.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 6, 2009 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan

I was going to chime in with a cautionary tale...but why be a wet blanket? In the words of Forrest Gump, "Bob is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get."

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 6, 2009 10:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan

I've seen Dylan 15-20 times in the last 20 years, and he always puts on a good show. He always has an amazing band, but if Charlie Sexton is back then you are in for a special treat. I haven't seen him in about two years, and haven't heard many recent shows, but you can expect him to be great. Do I need to say that he can be somewhat inconsistent vocally?

He usually plays about 18-20 songs, from a pretty rigid setlist. There are only two or three places in the set where the songs vary from night to night, so you can get a pretty good idea of what kind of show you're going to see by checking out some recent setlists:

http://www.bobdylan.com/#/tour

Enjoy! I think it's cool that he's playing Jolene as an encore on this tour ..

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Poster: veblen Date: Oct 7, 2009 11:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan

I have been seeing him a few times a year for the past decade and haven't caught a bad show, at least in terms of what he was known for earlier in his career. the reputation of having entire shows either being hit-or-miss.

these days what is more hit or miss, is not the overall performance as in past years but how he plays individual songs and if they work or not. though I am sure he still has some clunkers for shows...

just don't expect studio sounding tunes, since he does everything a little bit different, depending on the mood.

During the fall of 2005 is when he began going with keyboards over guitar and I saw him in berzerkely for a very special eve.

I arrived at the venue, Cal's zellerbach hall, with a packed house finding myself in the upper deck nose bleeds (my first show there, so I didn't no the tricks), looking down at the right side of the stage from a 75 degree angle or so...even though I had a good view of the stage it appeared that my best view all night would be of the keyboard player, whose keyboard was directly facing me and I would have an evening of getting to know dylan's left shoulder...

I was feeling low and even considered leaving, though I thought I would give it a song or two.

anyway, when the lights went up after hearing "welcome sony recording artist mr bob dylan..." there was bobby d behind the keyboards looking right up into my section.

I couldn't of asked for anything better...it was like he was playing to my section or even to me...and here I was thinking of leaving due to the bad seats...it was one great night and the performance was at least a B+...which wasn't bad for one of his first full nights on keyboards...(he played the old avalon the prior night and I think it was the tours beginning or close to it...)

just wish I was healthy enough to walk to see him this weekend in berzerkely at the greek theatre...

sounds strange but in some ways I think he benefited from jerry's death...he saw a friend die and decided he wasn't going to be next...that and overcoming his own health issues seemed to rejuvenate his career...

ENJOY the show!!!




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Poster: amosearle Date: Oct 7, 2009 9:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dylan

When I am fortunate enough to go, I try to go with the "lets' see what Bob is up to" mindset, and am dependably amused no matter the music that may happen.